Glory be to God! 主に栄光!

日本語は下に続きます。

June 27 2015.  ついに森郷礼拝堂再建感謝礼拝です!

5 (!) musical guests, several camera men, PA crew, guest speakers, huge bunch of flowers and another bunch of us Oasis chapel folks running around to prepare for the upcoming service in the afternoon. It was pouring outside, which added a little more work on the muddy camp ground, but all was for the glory of God and all of us were full of joy that we could spend this day together.  Worship as a lifestyle had been lived out.

Guests from near and far started arriving.  Some from decades past, some since the 2011 disaster.  Together we gave thanks to His faithfulness from obtaining the land, through the disaster in 2011.  We laughed and cried as we listened to the stories of many that set foot on Camp Morigo at various times. We sang together and dedicated the building to our Creator.  It was a day full of thanks and smiles.

 

Our guests included the members of town council and prefectural assembly. They saw how muddy the roads leading to the campsite are, and said they will consider sealing of the road.  God made everything beautiful, even the weather!  They don’t know the Lord yet, but it’s our prayer that this Thanksgiving service was a witness to the oneness of the church in His name.

When our Pastor Makito was asked repeatedly what is needed in the disaster area, he finally came to a conclusion that what we need is people.  It is people that God uses for the progress of His plan.  As much as we are happy with the new building, may our God raise people from this ground to spread His oasis.

“The harvestis plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. Matthew 9:37,38″

2015年6月27日。ついに森郷礼拝堂再建感謝礼拝の日がやってきました!

音楽ゲスト5名(!)、カメラマン、PAチーム、お花、記念品、そしてオアシスチャペルの面々。朝からくるくると午後の礼拝の準備のためにみんなで働きました。外はあいにくの雨模様。舗装されていないキャンプ場での雨は当日の仕事を増やしてくれましたが、その中でも、神様の栄光を証しする今日のこの日がついに来た、とみんな喜びでいっぱいでした。

午後1時頃から、続々とゲストの方々がやってきました。キャンプ場と何十年来の交流がある方、2011年の震災以降に友となり、支えてくださった方。150名あまりで共に、キャンプ場の土地取得から震災を経て今に至るまで常に導いてくださっていた神様を見上げる機会となりました。そして、この50余年を通してキャンプ場で時を過ごした人々のストーリーを聞き、共に笑い、涙し、声を合わせて賛美し、礼拝堂を神様におささげしました。

県議会と町議会の方々もいらっしゃいました。森郷キャンプ場に至る道もドロドロにしてしまう雨ですが、議員の方々にその有様を見てもらえたのはよかった!舗装への道が開けますように!これも神様の計らいです♪

震災の直後から幾度となく、「被災地に必要なものは何ですか」との質問を受け、「人が必要だ」という結論に至った牧人牧師。神様は、ご計画を前進させるのに人間を使ってくださいます。この再建されたMorigo礼拝堂を神様が用い、この地からさらに人が起こされ、オアシスが広がっていきますように!

収穫は多いが、働き手が少ない。だから、収穫の主に、収穫のための働き手を送ってくださるように祈りなさい。マタイ9:37,38

 

 

 

 

 

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